The Indico system will be unavailable due to system upgrades on August 30th from 6 - 9PM CST. Please email Indico support with any questions or concerns.

Please read these instructions before posting any event on Fermilab Indico

June 22, 2020 to July 2, 2020
US/Central timezone

Freeze-in Dark Matter from Secret Neutrino Interactions

Not scheduled


Yong Du (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)


We investigate a simplified freeze-in dark-matter model in which the dark matter only interacts with the standard-model neutrinos via a light scalar. The extremely small coupling for the freeze-in mechanism is naturally realized in several neutrino-portal scenarios with the secret neutrino interactions. We study possible evolution history of the hidden sector: the dark sector would undergo pure freeze-in production if the interaction sbetween the dark-sector particles are negligible, while thermal equilibrium within the dark sector could occur if the re-annihilation of the dark matter and the scalar mediator is rapid enough. We investigate the relic abundance in the freeze-in and dark freeze-out regimes, calculate evolution of the dark temperature, and study its phenomenological aspects on BBN and CMB constraints, the indirect-detection signature, as well as the potential to solve the small scale structure problem.


Dark Matter interactions via a weak scalar and its implications on freeze-in.

Primary author

Yong Du (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)


Fei Huang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing) Hao-Lin Li ( University of California, Irvine) Jing-Hao Yu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)

Presentation materials